[ doo-lit-l ]

  1. a lazy person; one who does little but does not admit to it.

Origin of do-little

First recorded in 1580–90; do1 + little

Words Nearby do-little Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use do-little in a sentence

  • There are many temples like his, and little joy is in them; but they are good enough for the god "do-little."

    "Say Fellows--" | Wade C. Smith
  • A small do-little sword or dagger, formerly worn by junior naval officers on duty.

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
  • Then a well-to-do little soul with a black beard rose to speak.

    "Persons Unknown" | Virginia Tracy
  • He was a steady, well-to-do little man, and never lost a patient from any want of good manners or attention.

    Geoffery Gambado | William Henry Bunbury